The E-Week Blood Drive on February 26 sponsored by Engineers without Borders (EWB) and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) student chapter registered a total of 89 donors and collected 64 units of blood for local Kansas City hospitals. There were 26 first time donors. Continue reading
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter has committed to building a foot bridge in Vallecito, Panama starting 2013-2014. In Fall 2012, the EWB student chapter decided it was time to depart from the Dominican Republic, where it had been working with the support of the EWB Kansas City (KC) professional chapter since 2009, because the projects left to be completed were beyond the scope of the students. Over the next two years, only EWB KC professional chapter members will travel to the Dominican to finalize the program. Thus the UMKC EWB student chapter members starting looking for a new program. While there were lots of opportunities in Africa, SCE students decided to stay in the America’s due to logistical costs. After reviewing options, it was decided that Panama would be a good place to pursue a new program as EWB-Panama needed help with building footbridges. Incentives for choosing Panama included one of the EWB mentors being a native of Panama with her mother living in Panama City and a member of EWB-Panama.
Despite a blizzard which cancelled classes during E-Week 2013, the E-week Blood Drive sponsored by Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE/NSPE) student organizations was a huge success. Seventy (70) units of blood were collected by the Community Blood Center (CBC) resulting in the 5th annual E-Week drive exceeding past records. Congratulations and a huge thank you to our donors and supporters – they are the ones that made this drive rock! The 70 units donated far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive (60 units) and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 7% (65 units collected in 2012, 59 units in 2011 and 38 in 2010). With 96 potential donors we exceeded the previous 2012 record of 91 potential donors and with 40 first time donors we nearly tied the 2011 record of 43 first time donors. Each year, the E-week blood drive is coordinated by Jane Vogl who volunteers as the SCE site coordinator for the CBC and is the staff advisor to the MSPE student chapter. Jane says it is her favorite volunteer activity because “it is so heart-warming to see the students, faculty and staff turn out to save lives.”